Lost in Truthiness Part II: Truth and True Freedom

I intended to post yesterday. Really. But the day got away from me.

Now for the continuation of my last post:  https://adeaconswife.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/lost-in-truthiness/

My favorite line from the Colbert Report video http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/24039/october-17-2005/the-word—truthiness is:

“Truth comes from the Gut.”

The fact that many people today, base their opinions on feelings instead of objective truth and facts, is often discussed in Casa Kehoe.  My husband has a mechanical engineering degree. The sign behind the desk in his (work) office says, “Trust in God, all others bring data. He is constantly frustrated by people who come up with conclusions based on what they feel or think without investigating what really caused the problem.

As for me, I am a primary source kinda gal. Please don’t tell me what so and so wrote about Vatican II; read the actual document!  Don’t tell me what expert X opined about The Theology of the Body; read what John Paul II wrote.

I majored in Psychology in college, and I had a talent for finding fatal flaws in scientific studies. Those who conduct studies, too often, jump to the conclusion that they desire without the data verifying the results.

It naturally follows, then, that we  (Deacon and I) believe that there are certain truths that are always and everywhere true. Relativism just does not make logical sense.

In addition if nothing is true, then everything is permitted. Abortion. Pornography. Homosexual marriage, sex outside of marriage, torture. And it goes on and on.

Many Christians have lost the concept of sin and the need for repentance and continual conversion.  Christians have forgotten that Jesus is The Way and The Truth.

Jesus did not say that his way is one path among many equally right paths. He did not say that he is one truth among many valid truths; “”I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” (Jn. 14:6)

Jesus shows us how to strive to be holy. Discipleship involves picking up our cross to follow him. Discipleship means striving to become another Christ. Above all it means to love as Christ loved us.  Sacrificial, self giving love is the vocation of all Christians.

To strive for holiness is to be truly free. Anything else is a dangerous illusion:

It is tragic that we live in a culture that does not know true freedom. The world is broken. Families are broken. People are broken. We search for the answers to the age-old questions of the human heart. Who am I? Where am I going? Does my life have meaning and purpose? What must I do to be happy?

Too often people look for the answers in all the wrong ways. Sex, money, fame, material things, pornography, success.

Yes many are lost to the distortions of our world. But Jesus is always searching for us. He is always inviting us to return to Him.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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